Why You Should Buy Your Alta Season Pass Now
Summer is the time to get outside. Days start with hiking, trail running, mountain biking, or kayaking under the warm sun, ending next to the BBQ grill or outdoor firepit. But if you’re an avid skier, winter is never far from your mind. Close your eyes in the summer sun and imagine the steep slopes and epic powder at Alta Ski Area. Yeah, that’s the ticket to big snow adventures and a respite from the summer heat.
Speaking of tickets, summer is the best time to buy winter’s hottest passes to ski the Greatest Snow on Earth at Alta Ski Area.
Skiers speak about Alta with reverence. The 2,614-acre ski area is a must-visit resort that boasts an average snowfall of 547 inches of dry powder—the best snow on the planet. It offers 2,538 vertical feet of challenging runs for experts, but surprisingly, nearly half of its 116 named trails are on intermediate and beginner terrain. Alta, located just a few miles from Salt Lake City, rarely seems crowded, despite being one of America’s most accessible ski resorts.
While many skiers begin thinking about the upcoming ski season in October, the best deals for an Alta Season Passes are found in the spring and summer. You’ll find the lowest prices for both individual and family season passes at the Alta.com, with plenty of options to shop and compare. You’ll get the best deals during the Summer Sale, and can anticipate price changes on September 12th and again after Labor Day.
Qualifying passes come with the Wasatch Benefit as well as reciprocity skiing at a number of other ski areas. The Wasatch Benefit includes one free day at Snowbird, Brighton, Deer Valley, and Solitude.
Alta season passes also qualify for Mountain Collective reciprocity. This benefit allows Alta season pass holders to ski fellow Mountain Collective resorts at half price. This year's Mountain Collective resorts include:
- Snowbird, Utah
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
- Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
- Big Sky Mountain, Montana
- Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
- Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, California
- Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, California
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia
- Banff Sunshine, Alberta
- Lake Louise, Alberta
- Sugarbush, Vermont
- Valle Nevado, Chile
- Coronet Peak|The Remarkables, New Zealand
- Thredbo, Australia
- Mount Buller, Australia
Other Reciprocity Benefit deals offer 50 percent off at:
- Bridger Bowl Ski Area
- Brundage Mountain
- Homewood Mountain Resort
- Red Lodge Mountain
- Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.
Season passes also include UTA Benefit—so you can ride the UTA Ski Bus and Trax for FREE, all season long. This great perk is the best way to reduce one's carbon footprint while recreating in the Cottonwoods.
An Adult Unlimited season pass with no blackout dates is just $1,099 between now and September 12th. The Family Package with unlimited skiing for a family of four is $2,199 during the spring sale. The Family Package, which includes two adult passes and two child passes (ages 7-17) and free passes for children 6 & under, is the best deal for a family of skiers.
There are plenty of great season pass options for various age groups and professions. The Alta Ages 65-79, is one the most unique and best selling-pass products on the market. For just $849, you can enjoy all of Alta's 2,614 acres every day of the season—plus four additional day passes through the Wasatch Benefit, 50% off day passes at participating resorts with the Reciprocity Benefit and free use of public transit with the UTA Benefit. This price and benefits also apply to the Medical Resident passes
At $729, the Age 18-25 pass is a great deal for young adults and college students. The Military pass is also $729 for those in active duty. Both of these passes include the free Wasatch Benefit, Reciprocity Benefit and free public transportation via the UTA Benefit.
Alta's Mid-week season pass is perfect for the skier with a flexible schedule, who can take advantage of the less busy midweek ski days. Alta reduced the Midweek season pass to $749 for the 2019-20 season in order to reward skiers that can ski Monday-Friday.
Alta Ski Area and Snowbird have teamed up to offer the Alta-Bird Pass, allowing you to ski both resorts all season long. With great early season riding at Alta and Snowbird's extended spring (and summer) skiing, that's almost 200 days and 5,114 acres of the Greatest Snow on Earth and the Longest Season in Utah. Alta-Bird passes start at $1,549 between now and Sepember 12th, 2019. An Alta-Bird Family Package is available, but only via phone. Alta-Bird discounted passes for various age groups can be found online.
If you don’t have time to ski every day with the unlimited pass or you like to ski on the spur of the moment, then take a look at Alta’s Pay-As-You-Go Card. The program, tied to your credit or debit card, lets you skip the ticket office and ski when you want for 50 percent off the regular window rate. The Gold Card is $179 between now and Labor Day.
The Sunnyside @ 3 Card is perfect for the beginner skier. At just $39 for an entire season, adults and children can ski the Sunnyside lift after 3pm every day.
You can also buy prepaid cards. The Alta Powder Card, starting at $770, offers ten ski days for just $77 per day. It’s transferable between skiers, but can be used only once per day. Unused days will rollover towards next season, or you can reload it with ten more ski days at the pre-season rate. The Powder Card price will increase on June 5th and again on Labor Day, then goes off sale November 1st.
The 10 Day Card, costing $619, is ideal for visitors or occasional skiers. The transferable card, offering ten days of Alta skiing for less than $62 per day, can also be reloaded for an extra ten days. This pass can only be used once per day, and unused days do not roll over.
Originally written by RootsRated for Alta.
Updated: 5/8/2019 by Adam Fehr